Re: Best Websites
I hate to admit it, but Intuit services has been terrific. I spoke with many friends who setup sites & they all
pretty much agreed that a simple site (5-pages initially) would be best for displaying works. The other
factor was how you use your site; i.e.- will it be more of a "portfolio" to view your work, will you possibly
sell things, etc.). Some of these guys even use Intuit's Sitebuilder for their own clients with simple
sites! You can add Paypal, facebook, or just about anything at any time. The support was also important to
me. I got super helpful people to assist everytime I called with questions or didn't know how to do
something. They walked me through every step.
Intuit came through for me. You don't have to know HTML or other software codes to use their software. It took
me 2-days (it generally takes a few hours if you want to use their photos... not recommended). But the tools
that come with it are very useful such as: Who is viewing your site, their location, what time, what pages,
how often things get viewed, etc. You can then alter/change your site metatags to best suit your needs. It
very easy to learn & there are a variety of "pre-packaged" templates to use & alter in many different ways. I
chose a template but completely changed the look.
The other nice feature is you can add/delete new or old photos, rearrange layouts, etc., all without having
to "ask an expert." I have 1-gig of memory with 15-pages to use & a solid domain name (.com) all for $9.99 per
month. The normal start is 5-pages & 25-meg of memory but I called to complain that their new changes to the
software were shrinking my .jpeg images much smaller than I prefered. So they gave me 10-extra pages (that
I don't use all of) & a gig of memory for free. They want to get & keep your business.
For anyone starting I would recommend searching the web for comparable website providers. That's how I
began & it paid-off. While I don't have tons of visitors (about 1500 in almost 2-years now) the few works I
sold more than paid for the site. I hate to sound like an advertising advocate for Intuit but it really
worked for me.